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DBP grants P78.723-M for Naga water district

Shown during the loan signing are (seated, from left to right): DBP Naga branch head Rallen Verdadero; DBP regional marketing center for Bicol head Ariel Peña; MNWD chairman Fortunato Mendoza; and MNWD general manager Virginia Nero. At back are (from left to right): MNWD board members Aquiles Lo and Jorge Palma; MNWD board secretary Socorro Felix; and MNWD board member Adolfo Olivan.

The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) granted a P78.723-million term loan to Metro Naga Water District (MNWD) for the construction of a septage treatment facility.  Based in Naga City, MNWD is categorized as a Big Water District, and serves more than 37,000 concessionaires in 69 barangays located in Naga City and four nearby towns.

The septage treatment facility, with a sequencing batch reactor design, will be the first of its kind in the Bicol Region and will be constructed on a MNWD-owned 6.2 hectare lot.

Compliant with the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, the project is expected to benefit an estimated 150,000 consumers.  The treatment facility will improve water quality and increase sanitation in the project area.  As it will generate treated effluent in compliance with DENR Administrative Order No. 35 Class C standards, the project will also reduce environmental pollution and minimize health hazards in the area.

MNWD continues to operate efficiently at 23% Non-Revenue Water against the Local Water Utility Administration’s (LWUA) standard of 24% and with a collection efficiency of more than 96%, higher than the LWUA standard of 94%.